Media and Democracy in Turkey: Toward a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy

Media and Democracy in Turkey: Toward a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy This paper reveals the ways in which media autocracy operates on political, judicial, economic and discursive levels in post-2007 Turkish media. Newsmakers in Turkey currently experience five different systemic kinds of neoliberal government pressures to keep their voice down: conglomerate pressure, judicial suppression, online banishment, surveillance defamation and accreditation discrimination. The progression of restrictions on media freedom has increased in volume annually since 2007; this includes pressure on the Doğan Media Group, the YouTube ban, arrests of journalists in the Ergenekon trials, phone tapping/taping of political figures and the exclusion of all unfriendly reporters from political circles. The levels and tools of this autocracy eventually lead to certain conclusions about the qualities of this media environment: it is a historically conservative, redistributive, panoptic and discriminatory media autocracy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication Brill

Media and Democracy in Turkey: Toward a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy

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Brill
Copyright
© 2012 by Koninklijke Brill N.V., Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
ISSN
1873-9857
eISSN
1873-9865
DOI
10.1163/18739865-00503011
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Abstract

This paper reveals the ways in which media autocracy operates on political, judicial, economic and discursive levels in post-2007 Turkish media. Newsmakers in Turkey currently experience five different systemic kinds of neoliberal government pressures to keep their voice down: conglomerate pressure, judicial suppression, online banishment, surveillance defamation and accreditation discrimination. The progression of restrictions on media freedom has increased in volume annually since 2007; this includes pressure on the Doğan Media Group, the YouTube ban, arrests of journalists in the Ergenekon trials, phone tapping/taping of political figures and the exclusion of all unfriendly reporters from political circles. The levels and tools of this autocracy eventually lead to certain conclusions about the qualities of this media environment: it is a historically conservative, redistributive, panoptic and discriminatory media autocracy.

Journal

Middle East Journal of Culture and CommunicationBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: media autocracy; censorship; surveillance; AKP; journalism

References

  • Turkey 2002: Kemalism, Islamism, and Politics in the Light of the February 28 Process
  • Report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
  • Modernization, Globalization and Democratization in Turkey: The AKP Experience and its Limits

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